In my prior post to this one, I noted in my minor league report that Pumpsie Green, the first black player on the Red Sox, who were the last of the original 16 teams to integrate, recently passed away.
With this post, I see another former MLB player of note has passed away, Ernie Broglio, at the age of 83.
Broglio will always be known as a player involved in one of the worst trades in MLB history. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959-1964, and led the majors in wins with 21 in 1960, and also in ERA+, when he finished 3rd in CYA voting (only one award then) and 9th in MVP voting. He won 18 games in 1963.
In the middle of 1964, the Cardinals traded Broglio, then 28, almost 29, to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock.
After 1963, Broglio never won 10 games in a season again. He wound up 1964 7-12, 3.82. He stayed with the Cubs in 1965 and 1966, going a combined 3-12, 6.61 in those seasons.
Brock, meanwhile, hit .348 for the Cardinals after the trade and helped the Cardinals win the 1964 World Series. He was such a big help that he finished 10th in MVP voting in 1964. He also helped lead the Cards to the 1967 World Championship and the 1968 pennant, and was a 6x All-Star, had over 3000 hits in his career, over 900 SB, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 on his first time on the ballot. He finished in the top 10 for MVP voting in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1973 and 1974. He was runner-up in MVP voting in 1974 when he stole 118 bases, a then record. He hit .293 in his career.
Broglio, for the Cubs, went 7-19, 5.40 after the trade.